Thank you to Neil Crickmore (SO) for planning the SEGOL at Brighton, and well done to our 2020 class winners:
  • Joseph Morris (MYJ)
  • Freyja Shaw (WYJ)
  • Harry Bratcher-Howard (MJ)
  • Thomas Cochrane (MO)
  • Kevin Brooker, Keith Bennett and Paul Gebbett (tied, MV)
  • Elizabeth Treherne (WV)
  • Roger Thetford (MSV)
  • Helen Kelsey (WSV)
  • Paul Taunton (MUV)
  • Ros Taunton (WUV)
  • Ruth Rhodes (WHV)
We’ll be back with more about how the 2021 SEOUL and SEGOL seasons are looking in a couple of weeks.


Provisional results from Taunton are now available. Thank you to Alasdair Shaw (QO) for planning!

Unfortunately, the majority of finishers either failed to enter SEGOL or have some other data problem. If you do not appear in the league tables, please make sure you have entered – we will regenerate the results in a few days to give you a second chance. If you had already entered but don’t appear, please contact us at seoul.orienteering@gmail.com for assistance.

After two races, our class leaders are: Joseph Morris (MYJ), Freyja Shaw (WYJ), Samuel Taunton (MO), Keith Bennett (MV), Elizabeth Treherne (WV), Roger Thetford (MSV), Helen Kelsey (WSV), Brian and Sue Curtis (MUV) and Ros Taunton (WUV).

However, all can still change. Gloucester and Basingstoke both close at the end of tomorrow, and you have until New Year’s Eve at Brighton. Run safely and enjoy!

Please, please, please don’t forget to enter SEGOL, and make sure that your name and club exactly match your settings in MapRun and UsynligO.


The 5th and final race of SEGOL 2020 is now open in Brighton. Best 2 scores of 5 to count. Make the most of this December and run these 4 courses. Good luck!
  1. Taunton (QO), closes Mon 21st
  2. Basingstoke (BADO), closes Wed 23rd
  3. Gloucester (NGOC), closes Wed 23rd
  4. Brighton (SO), closes Thu 31st

Full details are on the SEGOL page.


Thank you to Scott Bailey (BOK) for planning the first ever SEGOL race! View results.

The next round is live in Taunton with Gloucester and Brighton to follow. To make sure everyone has a chance to compete without making unnecessary journeys during lockdown, we’ll extend the course closing dates by 4 weeks. All results for Taunton must now be submitted by the end of Monday 21st December.

Best 2 scores out of 4 races to count.


The first ever Southern England GPS Orienteering League race is now open until Monday 2nd November. BOK have kindly planned a challenging set of courses in east Bristol. Check out the SEGOL webpage for details and entry instructions. Note that all competitors must enter the league first.

We are still looking for more virtual races. If your club can plan one, please email us now at seoul.orienteering@gmail.com.


SEGOL 2020: Call for competitions

Given the positive response to our recent consultation, we are please to announce that SEGOL, the Southern England GPS Orienteering League, will be starting with immediate effect. Thus, we now invite clubs to plan some courses. Please email Sandra and Tom at seoul.orienteering@gmail.com if you are willing to host a round.

The 2020 league will be a trial for next year, when we plan to run SEOUL and SEGOL concurrently but as separate leagues using the same scoring system. In 2020, the classes will be the same as SEOUL: M/W 12/16/Open/40/55/65/75. Like SEOUL, multiple SEGOL classes may run the same course. We would like a spread of course closing dates between late October and late December to build suspense in the league. Therefore, please tell us soon the earliest date you can open the course, in addition to any nearby fixed-date conventional competitions which travellers may find attractive.


  • A competition of the quality of SEOUL, which people will be willing to drive a couple of hours to attend.
  • A range of linear courses covering all age classes. We suggest at least three: junior (traffic free), short and long. It is up to the planner to decide the mapping between urban league classes and courses, and this must be stated in the event details. If in doubt, use the seven courses of appendix B11.6 of the British orienteering rules as a basis.
  • Proper ISSprOM (or ISOM) maps are strongly preferred, but a StreetO map is permitted.
  • Urban areas are preferred, but if your best offering is rural, go for that. Beware that trees and buildings can seriously degrade GPS signal quality.
  • The event details must state whether leg cover is unnecessary, recommended or mandatory.
  • Punching is by GPS. Both MapRun and UsynligO are supported; please enquire if you would like to use a different system.
  • GPS signal quality and accuracy at control sites must be checked. Your map may not be georeferenced as well as you might think; MapRun recommends using Google Earth to place the points.
  • Courses should be checked by an experienced orienteer, ideally a controller.
  • Control sites must not be placed where they can be punched from the wrong side of uncrossable features, which requires a margin of at least 30 metres.
  • Competitors have at least a three week window to run the course in their own time.
  • Each competitor’s first attempt of running the course counts. The organiser must reinstate any first runs marked as a mispunch if they are confident that the competitor visited the correct site and had GPS signal issues.
  • The organiser may state extra punching requirements such as you must pass within 1 metre of the lamppost at the centre of the circle, but must not require competitors to touch any such objects. Do not require close passes to where members of the public may be stationary, such as benches. Competitors must not be required to write down answers to questions, such as lamppost numbers.
  • The organiser is responsible for the integrity of the results, which may include spot checks of GPS traces, although everyone should appreciate GPS orienteering depends more on fair play than conventional punching.
  • Clubs are free to charge an entry fee or none, and may offer a map printing service. Note that MapRun requests a voluntary donation per run.
  • Competitors will be required to register annually for SEGOL, and will need to ensure their name and club match in the app. A BOF number is not required. Clubs do not need to provide us with any further data other than the results export.
  • Competitions should be in the area covered by SWOA, SCOA, SEOA and EAOA. Each club can host a maximum of one competition in 2020.


Would you like a GPS (MapRun) orienteering league? In response to an idea raised, we are considering introducing SEGOL (Southern England GPS Orienteering League) to run in the remainder of 2020 and alongside SEOUL in 2021, and we want to know whether this is a good idea. Whether you like it or loathe it, please fill in at least pages 1 and 2 of our little consultation and get everyone else to do so too. Thanks in advance for your feedback!

We aim to make a decision on SEGOL 2020 around 27th September.

Fill in the consultation now!


SEOUL will be back for 2021! Sandra Mather and I, Tom Dobra, have taken over coordinating the league. However, an orienteering league isn’t one without any races. If your club has anything in the pipeline for 2021, please get in touch with us at seoul.orienteering@gmail.com to be included in next year’s list.

We all owe a huge thank you to Chris and Simon Branford for their sterling work over the many years. You’ve given us a tough act to follow.


A big thank you to NGOC for the inaugural Gloucester City Race on Sunday.


A big thank you to OUOC for an excellent event around Oxford on Saturday. Good competition, good weather, good location, good company – what more could we ask for
Well done OUOC